Assignment III: Video Project

Important Dates:
-Email me your sub category before Spring Break (i.e. arts, politics, sports, etc)
-Story pitch due by Thurs, March 22
-Video Project Due: Thurs, April 12

The video project is a group project and teams are assigned. Students must schedule reporting and editing time with each other. This will happen outside of the usual class time. All team members will receive the same grade. Worth 15 points. (15 percent off for late work). The best projects will be posted online.

Teams
Lauren and Rachel
Austin and Shannon
John and Krista
Teresa, Will and Jenn
Angela and Michael
Waldy and Jordan

Talk with your teammates, compare schedules, and brain storm ideas before you leave for Spring Break.

Topic
Extreme South Jersey
Your goal is to find unique, unexpected, “extreme” news story.

Extreme is defined as:
* reaching a high or the highest degree
* not usual; exceptional
* very severe or serious
* advocating severe or drastic measures; far from moderate, esp. politically
* a sport or activity performed in a hazardous environment and involving great physical risk
* furthest from the center or a given point; outermost

This assignment will also have a sub category.

Pick one of the following:
* sports
* arts
* politics
* fashion
* food
* technology
* health and science
* business

The story must have a local angle. It can be a person who resides locally. It can be an activity or event that occurs in South Jersey. It can be someone who has a particular passion for the geography or sense of place.

I suggest you revisit some of the brainstorming ideas you came up with earlier in the semester.

Your video must include interviews with at least two people. No friends, relatives or acquaintances can be sources for this assignment.

Story Pitch
You must pitch your story idea on Thursday, March 22 (the Thursday after Spring Break).

Submission Guidelines
All assignments must be in the proper format to publish on the website.

Videos should be 2 min or less.

Each team will submit three items:
· Video exported in .m4v “Large 960 X 540” format
· Still image captured from the video in .jpg format
· A Word document with headline, two-three sentence teaser, and bylines.

1. Pitch your story idea by Thurs, March 22.

2. Each team will create a web video shot on a Flip or Kodak video camera and edited on iMovie. Use the “in their own words” style where reporter’s voice is not heard. Gather interviews and b-roll with action.

3. Back up your raw footage. Before you return your camera, make sure to save all of your raw footage to your hard drive or computer. If your project crashes, you need to have the raw footage as back up.

4. I suggest you pick one computer for editing and use that for the whole project. iMovie saves to the hard drive of a specific computer, not to your personal files. So pick your computer well. Save your project to an external hard drive if it is formatted for Mac. Under Help in iMovie search for “backup project on external hard drive” and it will walk you through the steps. Also do not attempt to go from one version of iMovie to another (ie iMovie 09 to iMovie 11)

5. Import your video clips into iMovie using the Large 960 X 540 setting.

6. Add a Title Card for story headline and reporters’ names.

Use Lower Thirds option, black background, and flush your text to the left. Display for 4 seconds.
For example, (flushed left):
New Jersey State Fish Faces Extinction
Video by Bobby Journalist and Jane Reporter

7. Use the “Transparent Black” Lower Thirds to introduce people. Those lower thirds should be centered. Make sure you have full names (first and last) and title.

8. When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format.
From Menu
>Share
>Export Movie
>Select Large Size 960 X 540
Save to as YourLastNameVideo.m4v

9. After you export, capture a still image from your video. This will be used as a thumbnail for the video player. Pick a compelling frame that informs the viewer and makes her want to click play. Remember: People are more interesting than objects.

To capture a still image:
Create a New Project – name it VideoStill.
In the lower part of your iMovie workspace, let your cursor hover over the video frame that you want to extract as a still image.
>Control key + click
From drop down menu, select “Add still frame to the project.”
The still frame will be added to your project as four-second clip.
In the upper editing window, put your cursor on your clip and click on the wheel icon.
Select Clip Adjustment
Set the duration for 0.1 seconds.

From the top menu
>Share>Export using Quicktime
Give it a name. Save it to your desktop.
Choose option “Movie to Image Sequence.”
Choose the preset export option: JPEG 29.97 fps.
Save. This will create about 6 images. Pick the best one.
Save it as LastNameThumb.jpg

10. Create a Word document and write your headline, a two or three sentence teaser, and proper credit for your video. This will serve as the introductory text for the web site.

11. Make sure you have multiple copies saved in multiple locations. Put everything on a flashdrive. It is due at the end of class on Thurs, April 12.

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